August 2018’s Top 5 Featured Authors
The most popular authors on the site during August were as follows:
1. Ed Faunce
After a career in the automotive industry, Ed Faunce pursued his passion for writing – starting with Indiana University’s communications department, where he wrote public relations copy, working his way to an undergraduate degree in humanities. From that part-time writing gig, Ed expanded his repertoire into photography and video production while working there, also helping to co-produce a short film that was screened at the prestigious Chicago Children’s International Film Festival. After Graduating in 2012 with his Master’s in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University, he wrote several short stories and articles that were featured in various local and national online webzines, as well as being included in science fiction anthology e-books. Ed has ghostwritten articles for international magazines and even took a short turn as a Hollywood gossip columnist (Not as fun as one might think). As an educator, Ed has taught web design and digital video editing, and now is an instructor in speech, and business communication for Indiana University at Kokomo. Trifecta: Three Stories is just a small portion of the work that he has put together for e-zine publications. He is currently working on two more anthologies that will be out in the near future. As an actor, Ed can be seen in television commercials, music videos and Disney fan films on YouTube.
Ken Humphrey has always written, starting with elementary when his teachers forced him to learn English and the spelling of things. He moved on from signing his name to stringing words together in an attempt to tell stories. His leap to the next level came from his son’s 4th grade teacher during a class conference. She mentioned that there weren’t many books for a 10 year old boy. Whether true or not, Ken immediately began to spin a story in his head. And by immediately, he means IMMEDIATELY. He doesn’t remember what else was said during the conference, but assumes his son passed the grade.
Now, a year later, Ken is the author of the young reader series Raimy Rylan (The World Serpent and Chase of the Samurai), and adult thrillers Killing the Man and the forthcoming Killing Face (Fall 2015). He relies on coffee and Jameson – often at the same time – for inspiration, and has a dozen books slated for production over the next decade.
You can find him below. Stop in and say hi. Bring alcohol.
3. Adam Gulledge
Adam Gulledge’s writing devotion began in the late 2000’s with his interest in forum RPGs, a medium where quick yet detailed writing within an RPG-style ruleset was essential. Years later, during the 2011 NaNoWriMo, his first novel, Werewolf Tale, would begin the road to publication, undergoing several overhauls in the lead-up to the publication year of 2018.
Since 2011, his writing has expanded to cover not only Young Adult stories, but Modern Pulps, Classic Fantasy, and Science Fiction, with several stories waiting for their turns to be fleshed out or finished.
To him, it’s the story and characters that matter most, not the message. When he’s not writing, he’s reading from his vast collection of books, gaming on a PC or choice of console, or thinking up new ideas for short stories.
4. Alba Castillo
A native of Spain, Alba Castillo currently resides in the United States. Over the years she worked as a legal assistant and later owned a private investigative agency. Castillo is a single parent of three and a walking, talking miracle. Stricken with breast cancer, Castillo’s health battles were prolonged, painful and demoralizing. After beating breast cancer, Castillo learned that it had metastasized into her bones, resulting in several spinal tumors. The disease, coupled with a life of constant domestic abuse and the loss of her youngest child, forced Castillo to develop a resilience and strength she never thought possible. Malice Intent is the chronicle of Castillo’s struggles for survival. Her will to live and determination to overcome so many painful obstacles are what make this book so inspiring to millions.
5. Doris-Maria Heilmann
Doris-Maria Heilmann has more than 30 years experience in writing, publishing and book marketing consultation. She started her writing / teaching career in the field of commercial aviation. She published several books, related to aviation and also her own flight & travel magazine “USA BY AIR”, which was a great success.
Magazine and Book Publisher
Her role as a magazine publisher-editor-art-director-marketing-manager included also self-publishing of technical & non-fiction books.
At Algonquin College, she studied e-publishing / marketing, including web & graphic design, professional photography, writing for the web, editing, investigative journalism, social media and e-marketing.
Doris-Maria Heilmann has written several books on publishing and e-marketing and more than 1,600 helpful blog articles. Beside her own books, she also publishes other authors.